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willow72 05-16-2003 10:22 AM

Can I get a UTI from the water supply?
I have been getting UTIs/discomfort on a regular basis since moving into my current home. I use sensitive skin soap and laundry detergent now - never had top before. I drink lots of water, take vitamin C, keep clean, etc. My husband does the same. If we go away for more than a week, the discomfort disappears. I have noticed sediment in my water supply - and it seems like the only factor left that I can't control is the water I bathe with. Is this a viable explanation? Thank you.

cb50 05-16-2003 12:03 PM

Well, there's one way to find out.....take only showers and NO baths. Bathing can cause UTI's anyway, that's why they suggest not doing this to people who are prone to them. Also, washing with soap in that area can also contribute, believe it or not. It has been shown that women who wash that area with soap and water are more likely to get an infection than women who simply use water. If you shower, the soapy water running down your body will be enough to clean you. You may, without even realizing it, be trying to keep yourself extra clean right now thinking that may help with the infections, when in reality you may simply be making it worse.
If you are one to take baths, you may very well have figured it out yourself - it could be your water supply as you say. But even if you don't take baths, it could still point to your water, Do you by any chance have well water?

Try no baths and see. We'll be curious to know if it helps.....take care.

ds4832 05-25-2003 11:43 PM

i agree with the previous post..i've been under the care of a urologist..the first thing he told me was NOT to take baths or use hot tubs..and if i swim to shower before i enter the pool and immediately after i get out and then change if youre bathing instead of showering i'd bet that this might be contributing to your problem...stay well :)

kathryna 06-05-2003 03:05 PM

This is coming from a second-hand source, but my mother had kidney stones for years which was finally found to be a result of our tap water which had rust in it. UTI's may be another story but I thought this might help.

willow72 06-06-2003 05:58 AM

Thanks everyone. I exclusively take showers now and the symptoms are not as bad. I am hoping they completely go away at some point. My doctor explained this area can take a while to heal and to be patient. Thanks again! I welcome any more suggestions or related information.

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